Auburn University hosting Michael Eric Dyson, noted African American speaker

AUBURN – Auburn University will host Michael Eric Dyson, noted author, public speaker and Georgetown University professor, on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. “Becoming Our Sister’s and Brother’s Keeper in the Post Civil Rights Era” will be the subject of Dyson’s talk.

A popular lecturer and professor at Georgetown University, Dyson is a leading scholar on hip-hop music and the culture that surrounds it, as well as its roots in African and African American cultures and influence on American popular culture. As a historian, he forges links between older and younger Americans by connecting civil rights identity to hip-hop culture.

Since 2007, Dyson has been University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, teaching courses in theology, English and African American studies. Prior to going to Georgetown, Dyson was the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at DePaul University, Chicago Theological Seminary, University of North Carolina, and Columbia and Brown universities. Dyson holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.

Dyson’s books provide commentary on modern social and intellectual thought interwoven with cultural criticism, race theory, religion, philosophical reflection and gender studies. Works such as “Making Malcolm X”; “I May Not Get There with You”; “Holler if You Hear Me”; “Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves and Demons of Marvin Gaye”; “Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost its Mind?”; and the recent “Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster,” probe social themes and cultural politics.

This event is open to the public. For more information, contact the Auburn University Multicultural Center at (334) 844-2976 or

Contact: Shakeer Abdullah, (334) 844-2946 (, or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (